Interesting find through a book "Inside Story Of Jehovah's Witnesses" (1967) by W.C. Stevenson, supposedly a former JW Circuit Overseer. It's an interesting "apostate" perspective written prior to the WTS 1975 debacle.
Anyway, at a certain point, there's a quote from a book called "The Four Cults", by Professor Anthony A. Hoekema (1963, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), a calvinist, which makes some sharp remarks about the way Jehovah's Witnesses teach the dead coming back to life:
1) In the case of those "resurrecting" for everlasting life on earth, one asks: if the soul is extinct at death, and the body disintegrates and its components are integrated into other forms of life, what is there to "resurrect"? Really, nothing. In this scenario, we are talking about a re-creation of the soul. This is not how the ancient christian jews understood "resurrection". The whole thing of "their personality and memories are in God's memory, and they will be transplanted into a new body" isn't scriptural, it's nowhere in the canonical texts.
2) In the case of those "resurrecting" to a spiritual life without a physical body, this is not a true "resurrection" either, because they are not raised again as human beings (as Jesus was) but rather, they are superhuman, divine, angelic-like immortal spiritual beings. Therefore, it's a new being, not a re-enactment of the human being, which is the basic sense of the term "resurrection". He observed:
In the history of the Christian church, people who taught that the "resurrection" was a nonphysical one were branded as heretics. The early fathers vigorously defended the resurrection of the body (in a physical sense) as a distinctively christian doctrine, over against those who, under the influence of Greek philosophy or Gnostic speculation, denied this teaching"
Although not a believer anymore, this is a perspective that had never occurred me. How do you comment this?